Director: Ron Howard
Summary: Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingle, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew race against time – and the odds – to bring them home.
Times Watched: 2
My Experience: Howard does a great job here of taking moments that are breathtaking enough in documentary format and ratcheting up the intensity with some amazing tension and crowd-pleasing filmmaking. Unfortunately, the faux-conflict between the astronauts bothers me, as the “Are we going to die?” conflict was good enough I thought. That said, it’s perpetually watchable.